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City resident moves to court to block Joho from Mombasa ballot

A Nairobi resident has moved to court seeking to stop the electoral commission from gazetting and clearing Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho to defend his seat in the August 8 general election.

Abdalla Juma claims that Governor Joho has no requisite educational qualifications for the gubernatorial seat yet his party Orange Democratic Movements (ODM)  has already given him direct nomination.

Through his lawyer Irungu Kanga’ta, who is also the Murang’a MP, he faults the fact that the party and its leader Raila Odinga granted Mr Joho a direct nomination certificate.

Mr Juma argues that the governor’s degree was obtained fraudulently. He has sued Mr Joho, Mr Odinga, ODM, the University of Nairobi, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).


He wants the court to determine whether the IEBC will be violating the law by clearing Mr Joho and if the Mombasa governor has violated the Leadership and Integrity Act.

He also wants the court to determine whether Mr Odinga, ODM, University of Nairobi and the IEBC ought to do due diligence before clearing Mr Joho.

He therefore wants the court to issue temporary orders stopping the IEBC from accepting or receiving party nomination certificate from ODM and University of Nairobi that clears Mr Joho to vie in the forthcoming general elections.

He also wants University of Nairobi, IEBC and Knec to be ordered to produce Mr Joho’s academic certificates in their possession.

The Commission for Higher Education and the Kampala University are listed as interested parties in the case.